Iona and Jack rent a four-bedroom house in Oldham, Manchester (Picture: Iona Purvis)
This time around we’re further north, in Manchester, (virtually) hanging out with Iona, 24, and Jack, 26.
Iona is a designer and her boyfriend, Jack, is a senior video editor and motion graphics artist.
Six months ago they moved from a flat in the centre of Manchester to a four-bedroom house in Oldham.
We chatted with Iona about how the couple rent.
The rent is £1,400 total, including bills (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Hey, Iona! How much do you and Jack pay to live here?
We pay about £1,400 a month – that’s including bills.
And what do you get for what you pay?
It’s a four-bedroom with separate rooms for the toilet and the bath/shower, but two of those rooms act as offices. Then we have a room for the toilet and a room for the bath/shower.
Plus, we have a garden.
Do you feel like you have a good deal?
Absolutely! We were paying more than that for a small two-bed flat, including parking and bills previously.
The garden was one of the main things we loved when we came to view it.
What do you think of the area?
We’re in Chadderton, Oldham. We have lovely neighbours and it’s nice to have trees everywhere, not like our previously rented flat.
We’re a short drive away from gorgeous scenic walks, which has helped in this pandemic.
‘We collect records and art, and bloody love a good cocktail,’ says Iona (Picture: Iona Purvis)
How did you find this property?
How have you made the place feel like home?
We have so collected so much art over the years it’s fabulous to have the space to display it.
We’ve been furnishing with charity shop finds and Facebook marketplace furniture/rugs etc, for free in some cases.
We’re also quite the music lovers, so it’s amazing to have the space to dance!
Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting? Is your landlord happy with you doing bits?
Our landlord is very open to our ideas and whatever we do, we can always change it back – so it gives us that freedom to decorate.
I’ve used command strips on everything.
Do you feel like you have enough space?
The couple say they ‘definitely’ have enough space (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?
None at all.
Do you have plans to move again any time soon?
Yes, as we’re just renting, this is just temporary. Hopefully we’ll be here a couple of years then perhaps buy after that.. but who knows.
Are you happy renting or is buying a home the dream?
I think we would rent for a long time but we really want/need a dog and I don’t see that happening with renting.
Fair. Shall we have a look around?
Welcome in (Picture: Iona Purvis)
You’ll spot a lot of retro-inspired tones and bold art (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Plus plenty of records and books (Picture: Iona Purvis)
The furnishings are mostly bought second-hand (Picture: Iona Purvis)
‘We have so collected so much art over the years it’s fabulous to have the space to display it’ (Picture: Iona Purvis)
There’s enough space to work from home (Picture: Iona Purvis)
The couple say they’re lucky to have a landlord who’s okay with them decorating (Picture: Iona Purvis)
And yes, there’s a garden (Picture: Iona Purvis)
The kitchen sits in an open-plan space with the dining area and living room (Picture: Iona Purvis)
There’s a bit of an orange theme going on, isn’t there? (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Look at all those beers (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Here’s the couple’s bedroom (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Having four bedrooms means the couple have plenty of space to play with (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Two spare rooms are used as home offices (Picture: Iona Purvis)
Finally, the bathroom (Picture: Iona Purvis)
With some very cheery orange paint on the walls (Picture: Iona Purvis)
And more artwork, of course (Picture: Iona Purvis)
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